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National Funding Holiday Bowl Prediction: USC Trojans win

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The (25) USC Trojans (9-3) will face the Wisconsin Badgers (8-5) this evening in the National Funding Holiday Bowl. They’ll kick off at 10:30 pm on ESPN from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.

This is the first meeting between the two schools since 1966. They Badgers have never beaten the Trojans, but they’ll look to snap that streak tonight. This is also the last bowl game before the New Year’s Six kicks off tomorrow.

The Trojans will defeat the Badgers, 29-17. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.

Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler went 22-of-39 for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His counterpart, the Badgers signal-caller Joel Stave went 17-of-33 for 271 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Dare Ogunbowale led the Badgers with 51-yards, while Taiwan Deal had 36-yards. Alec Ingold had zero yards, while Stave had -28-yards.

Jordan Fredrick had 111-yards and a touchdown. Ogunbowale had 52-yards, while Alex Erickson had 38-yards and Jazz Peavy and Troy Fumagalli had 35-yards each. Peavy also had a touchdown.

The Trojans had 92 rushing yards from Justin Davis, while Ronald Jones II had 21-yards and a touchdown. Kessler had -27-yards.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was the player of the game, had 97 receiving yards and a touchdown. Darreus Rogers had 47-yards and Steve Mitchell Jr. had 39-yards, while Tyler Petite had 25-yards. Davis had 22-yards, while Jones II added six-yards.

The Badgers defense had five sacks and an interception. Tanner McEvoy had the interception, while his teammates Chris Orr had two sacks and Zander Neuville, Joe Ferguson and Conor Sheehy had a sack each.

The Trojans defense had four sacks along with three interceptions. Su’a Cravens, Quinton Powell and John Plattenburg had an interception each.

Chris Hawkins, Lamar Dawson, Plattenburg, and Antwaun Woods had a sack each.

The Trojans scored the final 13 points in the game. Kicker Alex Wood had two field goals, while Smith-Schuster caught an 18-yard touchdown reception from Kessler.

Wood made a 29-yard field goal and a 45-yard field goal.

Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone made a 21-yard field goal for their lone second half points to make it 17-16.

Jones II had a two-yard run in the third quarter to give the Trojans a 16-14 lead.

Fredrick caught a 92-yard pass from Stave for a 14-9 lead with 12:21 left in the first half. Wood had a 24-yard field goal that gave the Badgers a 9-7 lead.

Wood had two first quarter field goals. He made a 41-yarder with 5:10 left in the quarter. Then, two minutes later, he made a 38-yard field goal to make it 7-6.

Peavy caught a 19-yard touchdown reception from Stave for the early 7-0 lead.

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